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Neuvirth apologizes for lockout comments

Nov 27, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

Michal Neuvirth is sorry for suggesting the NHL lockout is “about several superstars with big contracts.”

The Capitals’ goalie posted his apology Tuesday on Twitter.

Neuvirth made the controversial remark last week after expressing support for his Washington teammate, Roman Hamrlik, who had criticized the leadership of NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.

Both players were roundly condemned by union members, in particular Caps forward Troy Brouwer, who accused them of “selling us out.”

Neuvirth’s comment was especially notable as Washington captain Alex Ovechkin, one of the most vocal critics of the NHL, happens to be a superstar with a big contract.

“I know a couple guys [are] pissed off and they say bad things,” Ovechkin said recently, “but you know we stick together and we’re not gonna listen to those guys. Of course everybody wants to play but we have to stick together.”

  1. id4joey - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    And you say these guys are grown men. When will they start acting like grown men?

    • mmcneels81 - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      I’d say this apology by Neuvirth is a great start.

  2. flyerfan2 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    “Of course everybody wants to play but we have to stick together.” Oh, OK Ovechkin. Are you the player rep for all the ones playing in Russia? You hopped on the first plane and left. Is that sticking together? But it is better over there right?

  3. mmcneels81 - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Understood, Neuvy. It’s a heated issue. There’s a whole heck of a lot on the line. Things are going to be said.

    Hammer has earned the right to say what he said. Neuvirth probably should have kept his mouth shut, but the apology goes a long way.

    • id4joey - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      But! He’s a grown man….. He’s not suppose to make stupid mistakes. Grown men never screw up… especially hockey players.

      • mmcneels81 - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        That’s just silly, joey. And you know it. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s how you handle it that counts…

      • id4joey - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        Look! I’m being sarcastic, but, don’t think for a minute that the balance of a team is not fickle and that all it takes is a good convesation between men. These athletes are no more intelligent than the averag joe because they are professional athletes.

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